Charles Eugene Hillestad of Viola died Sunday, February 23, 2020 at his home. He was 84.
Charles was born May 19, 1935 at home in Viola, the only child of Vernon and Shirley (Byers) Hillestad. He attended school at Palouse and Moscow, graduating from Moscow High School. Shortly after, he joined the US Marines and served at Camp Pendleton, California. Following his discharge, he went to Nebraska and married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Fritts on August 31, 1959 in Crawford, Nebraska. They moved to Princeton for a time and then to Viola where they have made their home since.
Charles began his career at Potlatch Lumber and retired as the plant superintendent at the time the mill closed. He enjoyed hunting, his tree farm, “making wood”, working in the woods as well as raising cattle, pigs and chickens.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Marilyn, at their rural Viola home, his daughter, Tami (Jim) Jeffords in Clarkston and son, Tim Hillestad of Viola. He also leaves 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, February 28th at the Viola Cemetery. Family friend, Eddie Gray will officiate.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Viola Community Center, 1007 Rothfork Rd., Viola, ID 83872.
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